Insight Net: National Outbreak Analytics & Disease Modeling Network

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What is Insight Net?

  • Insight Net is a national network for outbreak and disease modeling, made up of private, public and academic partners. It was created to expand the CDC’s capacity to support state and local public health leaders detect, respond to, and mitigate future public health emergencies.
  • The network will build capacity by funding a network of innovators, integrators and implementors working to develop and implement powerful tools to improve speed, accuracy, and use of data & analytics during health emergencies.
  • Established by the CDC’s Center for Forecasting & Outbreak Analytics (CFA) in 2023, it is made up of 13 primary awardees. When fully funded, Insight Net will be a transformative investment in the U.S.’ outbreak response infrastructure, the largest ever made by the U.S. government to scale up outbreak modeling and forecasting.
    • So far, just over $100 million has been awarded to Insight Net partners who are focused on supporting state and local public health decision makers in using outbreak data to drive effective, life-saving decisions during public health emergencies.
Image of the various components of the network. Innovation: three colleagues work together to develop new technology. Integration: three colleagues work together to test the new technology from the Innovation pipeline. They test for quality assurance at a small locality. Implementation: three colleagues work together to deploy new quality assure technology across states or a larger area.

Who benefits from Insight Net?

  • Better forecasting data and analytics will empower public health decision makers, especially at the state and local level, to better understand the trajectory of the next outbreak, make informed decisions, and take action during outbreak responses.
  • It will also benefit the American public, so individuals can make informed decisions to protect their communities, families, and themselves during public health emergencies.

Who makes up Insight Net?

  • Through partnerships and collaboration, the network will use data science and outbreak analytic approaches to get a clearer picture of the present, and to project forward, forecasting where outbreaks are likely to occur days and weeks into the future.
  • Each of the 13 awardees will work with additional partners, creating a network of networks, made up of a diverse mix of more than 100 organizations across 24 states, including state health departments, tribal organizations, academic and private sector organizations.
  • The technological and geographical diversity of network partners will amplify our impact, scaling up the development and implementation of advanced forecasting and decision-making technology nationwide.

What does Insight Net do?

The network of Innovators, Integrators, and Implementers are focused on developing powerful tools for public health decision makers, so that they can better understand the trajectory of the next disease outbreak. Through the network, we are bringing together academic, private, and public health sector actors to invent, test, and implement outbreak analytic solutions to be used in state and local health departments across the country.

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Where are the awardees?

See an interactive map of our network of networks.

Map of the US with the various Insight Net awardees marked where their location is.

Top 3 Takeaways

  1. Insight Net launched with 13 primary awardees, representing the largest US government investment in scale up disease outbreak modeling and forecasting made to date. These innovators, integrators and implementors are focused on developing powerful tools for public health decision makers so that they can better understand the trajectory of the next outbreak.
  2. It is a network of networks – the impact goes far beyond the 13 awardees by leveraging connections with state, local, private, public, and academic partners to create a consortium of collaborators. The technological and geographical diversity of network partners will amplify our impact, scaling up the development and implementation of advanced forecasting and decision-making technology nationwide.
  3. The output of the network will be better forecasting data and analytics to share with public health decision makers, especially at the state and local level. It will also empower the American public, so they can make informed decisions to protect their communities, families, and themselves during public health emergencies.